Juan Caliente

This is a photo of a newspaper that Asher created yesterday. I'm mostly posting it for my relatives who read this blog, but really, anyone can appreciate it:

so good, right?


my shop

i'm really happy to say that i've been stocking new (old) items in my shop once again. one of the things that really truly makes me feel happy is sorting, stocking, photographing, etc. my shop, though it ebbs and flows, is something that really does come from my heart. 


here and there

i am trying to go to bed earlier on school nights. it makes life so much better. moms, what time do you go to bed? what time do you wake up? praise be the weekends, right?

here is one corner of my house at night, with all the lamps on. i L O V E lamps. if you have ever lived with me, you already know this. generally, when moving in with anyone, the first thing i do is go on a lamp rampage (yes, i know you're thinking it - lampage!) and make sure that all corners are properly lit with a soft, glowing lamp so that the big, awful overhead lights can stay off all the time unless there is an emergency (splinter removal) or unless you are crafting out and the low light just truly won't do. i am also staunchly opposed to fluorescent bulbs. you can get on your enviro soap box all you want, but i have my reasons, and they are good reasons. incandescent bulbs are my happy place.


a  few weeks ago i took Asher with me to the Bay Area and took him to the Japanese Tea Garden; he'd been wanting to see Koi fish, and so I knew just the place. I grew up in Oakland (well, for a while), so my mom used to take me to the tea garden, and i have the fondest memories of it: the bridge, the fish, the cafe's cups of tea and the small plates of crackers. 

that face! making this kid pose for photos these days is no easy task, i tell you. 

today it was incredibly hot here. i felt like I was in a daze all day (allergies? pms?), moving in and out of sunny spots and passing out every time i laid down on one of my many strategically-placed yard blankets. then i would come inside and eat, then i would go back and lay in the sun and have fleeting dreams. today was a day of channeling my inner cat spirit. some days are like that. what a blessing that i can have days like this.  


Oh, San Francisco

Earlier this week I drove down to San Francisco to be help style a photoshoot for Forager, a California-based musician who has been hard at work over the past year building her album of original, hand-crafted tunes. the soon-to-be released EP will be delicious medicine for those of you who see rainbows in the stars and hear history in heartbeats. 

the photoshoot was yet another killer collaboration of gorgeous, talented women. it never ceases to amaze me the teams that we can pull together to create what needs to be created. We were blessed with having full use of Nice Collective's studio space in Potrero Hill all day for the shoot. There is so much to be said for shooting in a perfect space. Especially where you can sit down, spread out all the clothes and jewelry, and so on. I have done many a successful shoot on the side of the road in random places, but I do appreciate some true comfort. 

I will keep you posted on Forager's album release and the photos from the shoot. Here are a few behind-the-scenes shots for now...

Jaq, our babe-a-licious, skateboarding, talented photographer.

Amber from Pretty Pretty Collective doing makeup for Forager.



I am stoked we remembered to take a group shot at the end of the day. Soooo many times the end-of-day group shot is forgotten due to exhaustion and hunger. but yes, we captured the cuteness of the crew. Luminous. 

Big thanks to all of you ladies - Jaq, Jacqueline, and Amber - as well as to Ian and Joe at Nice Collective for the space and extra support. 


Breakfast Soup and Spring Liver Cleansing

At the request of a few of you, I am doing a more in-depth post about my recent liver cleanse that I mentioned (and its accompanying Breakfast Soup).

I kept the cleanse pretty simple and did it for seven days. i at mostly vegetables and fruit, with a little bit of protein - but i kept salt and honey at a low, and i didn't eat any grains. amazing, right? i did have one slice of this bread. If you have not ever had this bread, i highly recommend it. it's delicious toasted (or fried in butter) and is one of the healthier "breads" you can eat. when i was in high school, after many adventures in trying to heal my acne, i was ultimately successful with a major liver cleanse recommended by a naturopath. Rye was the only grain i was allowed to eat at that time. 

So for this week, i took about a teaspoon of psyllium husk in apple sauce each morning. I also drank a lot of green tea and eliminated black tea (and coffee, but i don't really drink coffee). dandelion tea and nettles tea are also recommended. for breakfast, i would have a poached egg and steamed greens (or raw greens) and a tiny bit of salt. the whole week, i took a special liver tincture three times daily (mine was from my naturopath, but you can get one at the health food store, make your own, etc.) I recommend medicating with milk thistle, artichoke, dandelion, burdock root. 

for lunch, i ate very lightly - usually apples and carrots with almond butter, maybe a salad with nuts. then for dinner, i'd have more salad with nuts, or more greens, or lentils. i made a pot of chicken broth with a chicken carcass i'd had in the freezer, and simmered it very low for a long time. once the broth was done, i put kale and bok choi in it, as well as the lentils, which i had cooked separately. this pot of soup fed me many meals throughout the cleanse, and also became my Breakfast Soup. 

The Breakfast Soup was the above foundation, and then i would ladle some of it into a small pot and re-heat it in the morning. When it was hot, I would drop an egg in and let the egg poach in the soup (yum) and add some fresh tomato. After that, I'd put it in my bowl, and add a hearty spoonful of coconut oil and a bit of fresh lemon juice. When I had it, I'd add freshly chopped cilantro or parsley. That's it! Breakfast soup! I loved the richness that the oil and egg gave it. So yum. 

In a nutshell, here are some points from my cleanse (I got all my info from a friend, and i'm so thankful for her guidance):

psyliium husk in the morning, along with your tincture and or/medicinal tea
breakfast of greens and protein, or something like that
lots of fruits and veggies
avoid bananas and oranges (high sugar content)
low salt and low honey in meals and drinks
prepare broths, bone broths
eat your legumes
nuts! almond butter and apples were a great portable snack for me
drink lots of water
don't eat before bed
exercise daily
appreciate yourself and your body
drink green tea and nettles tea throughout the day

*i also add a teaspoon of coconut oil or ghee to my green tea when i am craving that richness. so delicious.

As i moved through the cleanse, I noticed that I had much more energy and began to crave less sugar (hallelujah). I also stopped getting that "i'm going to collapse if i don't eat right now" feeling....probably because i was being more aware of my diet, eating more consistently, and not relying on sugar for energy. it was really awesome. you can adapt this cleanse to however feels best for you and do it as long as you want. 

Happy Spring Cleaning!


Local Scene

I'm so excited that one of my harnesses was featured in this photoshoot for local boutique, Three Sixty Ecotique. Thanks to Melanie MacTavish and the ladies at the Ecotique for sharing these photos with me. Credits and links are below the photos....(the models are sisters, how sweet is that?), and shout outs to all the fantastic and talented local artists who are featured here. 

Photographer: Melanie MacTavish
Models: Hana Jones & Mali Jones
Stylist: Mermaid Soup
Hair: Johnna Kay
Indie designers: Mermaid Soup, Julie Demagio, Sadie Rose, Megan Rose, Claire FongKerri San Jose (Beyond Mundane), &Zeeko Bag

I currently have a few harnesses left in stock at the Ecotique, for any of you local babes who may be interested. I stopped in there yesterday to peek in, and there are 4 left on the rack. one of my favorites is still there for some lucky lady.  And as always, i'm open to custom orders and designs to suit your personal fashion needs. 

If you feel like it, please "like" the Ecotique on FB here



the other day i had a blogger date. this is one of the best bonuses of blogging - i get to meet really amazing, talented, beautiful, thoughtful women: and sometimes i get to meet them in real life. suzanne came over on one of our first sunny spring days. we walked up to a tiny nearby chocolate factory, we laid in the sun and ate gummy bears, she played a champion round of yard baseball in her high-heeled boots. Asher, of course, was in heaven. few things are as exciting as gummy bears and babes who play baseball. 

 keep it coming, spring.